I’m having fun adding famous quotes to Berkshire’s
Love Us, Hate Us: What the World Thinks of America. After seeing the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly on The Daily Show, I thought we just had to have a quote of his on the website that we affectionally call “LUHU.” He’d said some very funny things about how America is hated because it’s “got all the stuff” like the handsome guy at college who has the best car and best women–the guy everyone winds up hating. Well, I couldn’t boil down his funny exchange with Jon Stewart into a pithy quote, so I found another one of Billy’s quotes about the U.S.: “The only time I would like to see was the 20s and 30s in America because I love the music and the style and the optimism, I wanted to see New York being built. I wanted to see all that, you know.”
Well, what a kick it was to see someone looking a lot like Billy Connolly walk by my daughter and me as we were waiting for our train in Grand Central yesterday. I walked down the platform and heard his distinctive Scottish brogue, and said, “It is you!” He responded, “It depends on who you think I am.” “One of the Beatles,” I joked. He explained that he’s sometimes mistaken for John Cleese, who he does resemble a bit now that they’re both of a certain age.
I told him how I’d enjoyed his appearance on Jon Stewart and that I’d just posted his New York City quote on our LUHU website. I asked him if he was coming upstate but he explained he was just seeing off his daughter who goes to school not that far from us.
Since I don’t expect to meet George W. Bush or Arnold Schwarzenegger anytime soon–two other famous people whose quotes I’ve recently added to LUHU–I’m quite content to bask in the coincidence of running into this quite lovely LUHU luminary.